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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

City Hall Faces Suit Over Cop's Rampage

A group of relatives and victims in last month's shooting rampage by a Moscow police officer plan to file a lawsuit against City Hall to seek damages, a prominent lawyer said Monday.

The planned lawsuit comes in the wake of the April 27 blood bath, in which police Major Denis Yevsyukov, head of a police precinct in southern Moscow, shot dead a cab driver and then walked into a supermarket where he shot eight more people, killing two.

Among top federal and local officials, only one -- Interior Minister Rashid Nurgaliyev -- has offered any condolences to the victims and their relatives.

Nor have the victims' families received any compensation from the state for the deaths of their relatives, said celebrity lawyer Igor Trunov, who plans to represent the families in the lawsuit.

"After the May holidays, we will start preparing lawsuits seeking compensation for the damages incurred by the official," Trunov said Monday, referring to Yevsyukov.

The Finance Ministry and City Hall will be defendants in the case, Trunov told The Moscow Times.

Trunov, who represented dozens of victims of the 2002 Dubvrovka Theater hostage crisis in lawsuits against City Hall, declined to say how many victims he would represent in the Yevsyukov case.

Compensation sought for medical costs and funerals will vary from client to client, while families of the deceased will seek $300,000 in compensation for each victim, Trunov said.

"One has to claim a large sum to get anything," he said, adding that Russian law has no mechanisms for calculating moral damages.

Russian law has no stipulations calling for financial compensation for victims of police violence, City Duma Speaker Vladimir Platonov said last week.

"There is a federal law, under which the government pays compensation after terrorist attacks and natural disasters," he said, RIA-Novosti reported. "What happened is a horrific crime, but it doesn't fall under these categories."

Platonov said the issue of possible compensation could be settled only after those responsible for the rampage are identified in the investigation.

Yevsyukov was detained by police following the attack.

Unlike in other high-profile tragedies involving multiple deaths, almost all of the country's top officials have withheld public condolences for the victims.

One day after the shooting spree, President Dmitry Medvedev offered his condolences to the family of ballerina Yekaterina Maximova but said nothing about the people killed by Yevsyukov.

Prime Minister Vladimir Putin did the same.

Moscow police chief Vladimir Pronin, who has since been fired by Medvedev, also withheld public commiseration with the victims, as did Mayor Yury Luzhkov, who nonetheless called the shooting a "terrible tragedy."

Nurgaliyev, the interior minister, was the only senior official to offer his sympathy to the victims.

The authorities' reaction stands in stark contrast to those of officials in other countries following analogous attacks.

Most recent, after an April 30 rampage by a lone gunman at a university in Baku, Azerbaijan, left 13 people dead and 13 wounded, Azeri President Ilham Aliyev ordered compensation of $37,000 to the families of each person slain and $19,000 to each person injured in the attack.

Russian authorities have often made exceptions and paid compensation to victims of not only terrorist attacks and natural disasters but also to the victims of accidents such as gas explosions in apartment buildings and mining accidents.